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BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT COUNTY —The link between Ohio StateUniversity and the Blue CreekWind Farm was strengthened onMonday as OSU officials andIberdrola Renewables agreed toteam up on wind-power produc-tion research projects.A busload of Ohio State stu-dents, officials and even BrutusBuckeye ventured to Lincoln RidgeFarm northeast of Convoy for thesigning of the agreement.The energy firm and the univer-sity were already partners. SinceDec. 1, 2012, OSU has agreed topurchase enough wind energy topower around 25 percent of itsColumbus campus. That wind ener-gy is generated at the Blue CreekWind Farm.“We signed an agreement backin November where we purchasedsome wind energy from BlueCreek Wind Farm and Iberdrola,so now we are taking this to thenext level,” announced CarolineWhitacre, OSU vice president forresearch. “We applaud IberdrolaRenewables for making our rela-tionship more than just a businesstransaction. “In addition to thewind energy purchase, IberdrolaRenewables and Ohio State arepartnering to advance wind-ener-gy research and education. Thisunprecedented collaboration pro-vides Ohio State researchers withnear-real-time access to opera-tions data so they can work withIberdrola Renewables to addresschallenges and progress in wind-power production.”Monday’s agreement cementsthe collaboration in the efforts torefine these systems.Iberdrola Renewables ManagingDirector of External Affairs KevinLynch noted, “The wind industryis a fast-growing business. There’sa lot that we still need to learn tomake it better, so the work thatwe do will help the university aswell.”The researchers are expected tolook into areas such as blade andgear design, turbine generators,noise optimization and wind mod-eling, as well as policy and com-munity concerns and wind-energymarkets.
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Resident tells council ‘Cuts, cuts and more cuts!’
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — TimHonigford of East FourthStreet had five words forDelphos City CouncilTuesday night: “Cuts, cutsand more cuts.”Honigford addressedcouncil and the more than 35people in the gallery after thesecond reading of two piecesof legislation to put a 1/4-per-cent income tax increase onthe Nov. 5 General ElectionBallot. The tax increasewould generate approximate-ly $400,000 per year.The city is facing lostrevenues of approximately$865,000 in utilities fromthe closure of Reser’s FineFoods in September, lostmore than $400,000 in util-ity fees when Chef Solutionsfiled bankruptcy in 2013 andlost $60,000 in income rev-enue when I&K Distributionswas sold to Lipari Food. Thecity has also seen reductionsin Local Governments Fundsfrom the state. The cityreceived $240,000 in LGF in2008 and in 2013, received$79,000. The elimination of the Inheritance Tax cost thecity $70,000 in funds.“People here can’t affordmore rate increases. Youneed to make substantial cutsto prove you are a lean, meancity. You need to instituteimmediate cuts,” Honigfordsaid. “Why would youexpect people to pay a taxincrease when we’ve seen nochange?”Honigford also told coun-cil they shouldn’t be taking apaycheck until the problemwas solved.“You guys need to putyour money back in thekitty,” he said.Councilman Kevin Ostingreadily agreed to not takepay.Honigford went on to sayhe didn’t want to see anyonelose their job but he felt ithad to happen. He also talkedabout the way the city looksnow compared to when hewas younger.“Look at this town. We’vegot a bunch of slumlord prop-erties and junk rentals noone takes care of,” he said.“I’ve lived here my wholelife. Don’t you see how muchthis town has deteriorated?Paying more income tax isnot going to change that.”Auditor Tom Jettinghoff provided facts and figuresrequested by council at lastTuesday’s special meetings.He had overtime hoursfor every department datingback to 2005. In 2012, fire,police, water and wastewaterwere the top four in overtime.While the fire department hadthe second-least amount intotal paid in wages of the fourat $471,010, overtime wasnearly 20 percent of thosewages at $93,570. The policedepartment’s overtime wasalmost 10 percent of its totalwages of $831,435 and waterand sewer were 7 percentand 4 percent respectively, of total wages of $364,005 and$415,781.The 2011 figures weresimilar with the fire depart-ment overtime at 16 percentof total wages; the policedepartment, nearly 13 per-cent; the water department,7 percent; and the sewer, 3percent.Jettinghoff also providedhis best “guestimate” of thesavings the water and sewerdepartments will see by notproviding water and returnservices to Reser’s FineFoods once the food process-ing plant is closed.
See COUNCIL, page 10Luke “Strider” Jordan takes a few minutes to pause for a photo on thetowpath of the Miami and Erie Canal Sunday afternoon. Jordan, 23, hailsfrom Minnesota and is thru-hiking the entire 4,600-mile North CountryNational Scenic Trail. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
‘Strider’ endeavors tocomplete 4,600-mile hike
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Twenty-three-yearold Luke “Strider” Jordan endeavorsto become the fourth man to com-plete the 4,600-mile thru-hike of theNorth Country National Scenic Trail(NCNST).The trail, which begins in NorthDakota, converges with the Miamiand Erie Canal beginning in Napoleonand runs the general route of thecanal towpath through many historiccanal towns — Defiance, Ottovilleand Delphos — all the way down toTipp City.Jordan, whose trail name is “Strider,”hails from Minnesota and has been anavid hiker since he was young.One motivation for the personal journey was his experiences as a kidcamping with his family. Over theyears, the simplicity of going to theirfavorite campground, pitching a tentand enjoying “getting away from itall’ vacation evolved into experienc-ing the commercialization and urbansprawl, so to speak, into their refuge.“It was hard to get reservations,”Jordan said. “Our family decided tobuy a 10-acre lot and build a cabinnear the North Shore. ”It was during that first year he dis-covered, only a quarter-mile away fromthe cabin, a hidden gem of the NorthShore — the Superior Hiking Trail.Another inspiration for his trekacross country is to follow in the“footsteps” of a well-seasoned hikernamed “The Nimblewill Nomad,” M.J. “Eb” Eberhart, who at 70, hiked theNCT back in 2009.While attending St. Cloud StateUniversity, Jordan volunteeredtime working on building portionsof Superior Hiking Trail and joinedthe school’s cross-country and trackteams. In December, Jordan graduatedwith a bachelor of science degree inecology and natural resources.
See STRIDER, page 10
Mostly cloudytoday andtonight with a 40percent chanceof showers andthunderstorms.Highs in the upper 70s and lowsin the mid 60s. See page 2.
Ohio State University InterimPresident Joseph A. Aluttospeaks to the crowd at Monday’ssigning ceremony at LincolnRidge Farm as Iberdrola ProjectDeveloper Dan Litchfield standsnearby.An agreement was signed Monday between Ohio State Universityand Iberdrola Renewables setting up a research partnership on windenergy studies. Signing above are Kevin Lynch (left), Iberdrola man-aging director of external affairs, and Caroline Whitacre (right), OSUvice president for research. Brutus Buckeye looks on. (Times Bulletin/ Ed Gebert)
OSU, Iberdrola team upwith research agreement
See OSU, page 10
High school setsregistration dates
Jefferson High Schoolhas announced registra-tion and school pictureswill be held next week.The schedule is from9-11 a.m. or 12:30-2:30p.m. as follow: seniors -Monday; juniors - Tuesday;sophomores - Aug. 7;freshmen - Aug. 8; andnew students - Aug. 9.New students need to call419-695-1786 prior to Aug.9 to set an appointment.Students are to dressappropriately for schoolpictures. Senior boys are towear a shirt/tie and seniorgirls are to wear a dresstop with no straps showing.Vantage students are alsorequired to take pictures.Seniors are required toget their picture taken evenif they are going elsewherefor their senior picture.School fees are $27 forFree/Reduced Lunch stu-dents and all others are $60.Checks should be made pay-able to Delphos City Schools.
Marbletown Festival 5Kand Fun Run/Walk
The sixth annualMarbletown 5K will be heldstarting 8 a.m. Aug. 10. Therace will start and finishat the St. John’s Annex onJefferson Street in Delphos.New this year, a funrun and walk will begin at9 a.m. Registration formsfor both can be picked upat Peak Fitness and FirstFederal and Union banks.Pre-registration dead-line to guarantee a T-shirt isFriday; race day registrationwill begin at 7 a.m. On-lineregistration is also avail-able at www.racewire.com.For information or regis-tration forms, please contactLarry Heiing at 419-302-9624.Heiing, who took over therace this year, noted that in thepast, the race averaged about40 runners but his goal is toreach 100 runners this year.
DYH continuing to takegolfers for annual Golf Scramble
The DYH is still takingteams/golfers for its fifthannual DYH Golf Scramble(best ball) Aug. 18 at theDelphos County Club.It is slated for a 1 p.m.shotgun start, with reg-istration at noon.The price of $60 perplayer/$240 per team includesgreen fees, cart, meal, a $10Goldsmith discount card, twodrink tickets and a free golf club certificate (for members,$40 per player/$160 per team).There will be a Hole-in-Onecontest on all par-3 holes (agrand prize of $5,000); closest-to-the-pin ($50); Skins; 50/50drawing; and other contests.Entry forms can be pickedup at the DCC or Pat’s Donutsand Kreme in Delphos.Any questions, contactJeff Stockwell (419-236-1150) or Greg Gossman(419-905-9967).
 
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Albert “Don,”76, of Ottoville, MemorialMass will begin 10:30a.m. today at ImmaculateConception Catholic Church,Ottoville, with Fr. JeromeSchetter officiating. Burialat Woodland Cemetery,Beaverdam, will follow theluncheon. Memorials maybe made to the Alzheimer’sAssociation, American HeartAssociation or to the AmericanCancer Society. Condolencescan be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.Corn $5.78Wheat $6.25Soybeans $13.71
In the Letter to the Editorfrom Nancy Luebrechtin Saturday’s Herald, Luebrecth’s address shouldhave been Fort Jennings, not Delphos.ST. RITA’S
A boy was born June 22 toBethany and Brad Colley of Cloverdale.A girl was born July 29 toAmy and Mark Pohlman of Spencerville.A girl was born July 29 toAlison and Justin Tumlinsonof Fort Jennings.
April 22, 1920-July 29, 2013
Marciel Elizabeth Etzkorn,93, of Landeck, died at 12:05p.m. Monday at VancrestHealthcare Center in Delphos.She was born April 22,1920, in Delphos, to A.J. andTheresa (Spieles) Pohlman,who preceded her in death.On Aug. 16, 1941, shemarried Paul L. Etzkorn, whoalso preceded her in death.Survivors include twosons, David (Judy) Etzkorn of Rochester Hills, Mich., andJohn Etzkorn of Fort Wayne;two daughters, JoAnn (Rick)Young and Paula (Dale)Warnecke of North Royalton;a sister, LaDonna Petersonof Delphos; a brother, Paul(Margaret) Pohlman of Delphos; seven grandchil-dren; and five great-grand-children.She was also precededin death by a son, WilliamEtzkorn; three brothers,Raymond, Jerome and HaroldPohlman; and three sisters,Helen Dickman, Marie Berresand Ruth Pohlman.Mrs. Etzkorn was a home-maker and member of St. Johnthe Baptist Catholic Church,Landeck, and its CLC andAltar Rosary Society and theMothers Club. She enjoyedquilting, crocheting and gar-dening and loved to travel.She truly enjoyed her fam-ily and made everyone feelwelcome. She had a gift of relating to people and alwaysmade others feel very special.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m Saturdayat St. John the BaptistCatholic Church, the Rev.Chris Bohnsack officiating.Burial will be in the churchcemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea Parish Wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are tothe church.
One Year Ago
Delphos native ChelseaWellmann stars as a perform-er in Kings Island’s musicrevue, “Hot Summer Nights.”Wellmann, who was crowned2011 Canal Days Queen, grad-uated this past spring from St.John’s High School and is inher first season as a performerat Kings Island.
25 Years Ago – 1988
The annual Landeck St.John the Baptist Church sum-mer festival will be held Sundayon Landeck School grounds.A special attraction will bean appearance by Happy TheHobo at 2 p.m. under the bigtop. Homecooked meals will beserved in the church basement.There will be rides, gamesand bazaar booths. A free teendance will be held 8-11 p.m.on the grounds with music byOrrie Spring. Landeck’s ownhometown boy, Dave Kill andthe Good Ole Boys, will pro-vide entertainment 7-11 p.m.Gina Calvelage and MollyCalvelage, daughters of Jim and Phud Calvelage of Delphos, competed recent-ly in the National DanceDivision competition at theGrand Hotel, Pigeon Forge,Tenn. Gina placed second inthe 16-18-year division for herpompom jazz routine. Mollytook first place in the 12-14-year division.Showing the certificatesthey received for joining thereading program at the publiclibrary were David Edelbrock,Jamey Wisher, DannyEdelbrock and Wes Baxter. Allwho read 140 books or morereceived a book, pencil, eraserand sticker. Approximately125 children completed theseven-week reading program,according to children’s librar-ian Wilma Humpert.
50 Years Ago – 1963
A bicycle hike will be heldFriday for girls enrolled in thesummer recreation program. Adoll and stuffed animal showwas held last Friday as partof the program. First-placeribbons went to Mary AnnHedrick, Barbara Suever, JeanRicker, Donna Geise, SueHale, and Sandy Hale.Members of the JenningsTwirlers Western Square DanceClub will hold an anniversarydinner dance Aug. 4 with dinnerat 6:30 p.m. at the Knotty PineRestaurant in Fort Jennings andthe dance scheduled from 8to 11 p.m. in Memorial Hall.Hosts and hostesses will be Mr.and Mrs. Norbert Sarka, Mr.and Mrs. Ferd Lucke and Mr.and Mrs. Ray Brinkman.Of interest to Delphos andarea residents is the announce-ment that the NationalBroadcasting Company’sToday program with HughDowns will carry a nation-wide telecast from Interlockin,Mich., Aug. 7. Two youngDelphos musicians, Dougand Margarett Harter, sonand daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Paul Harter, Jr., are studying atInterlocken this summer.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Three games of kittenballwere played Friday eveningin Delphos. The Methodistsdefeated the Lutherans bya score of 9-8 at WaterworksPark. The Independent CashCoals were defeated by a scoreof 11-3 at city field. The Coalsare seeking another manager,it is understood. According toreports, Manager Smith of theCoals resigned following thegame.Coombs Shoes defeatedRaabe Motor Sales by a scoreof 7 to 2 at city field.The monthly meeting of theWoman’s Home and ForeignMissionary Society of thePresbyterian Church was heldat the church Friday afternoon.Mrs. George Horine served asleader of the spiritual life les-son. Mrs. J. Clement Perry wasin charge of the prayer calen-dar topics. Mary Jane Meadssang a solo and was accom-panied by Elizabeth Horine.Refreshments were servedby the hostesses, Mrs. AlbertEvans, Mrs. J. J. Cattell, Mrs.Oscar Shellabarger and Mrs.W. H. Murray.
Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2013. Thereare 153 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 31, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-oldFrench nobleman, was made a major-general in the AmericanContinental Army.On this date:In 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, died in Rome.In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, AndrewJohnson, died in Carter County, Tenn., at age 66.In 1919, Germany’s Weimar Constitution was adopted bythe republic’s National Assembly.In 1930, the radio character “The Shadow” made his debutas narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.In 1933, the radio series “Jack Armstrong, the All-AmericanBoy,” made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM in Chicago.In 1942, Oxfam International had its beginnings as theOxford Committee for Famine Relief was founded in England.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of show-ers and Thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT:
Mostly cloudy through midnight then becom-ing partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thun-derstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds around 5mph becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight.
Marciel ElizabethEtzkorn
‘Private BenjaminactressEileen Brennan dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eileen Brennan, who went from musi-cal comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorablecharacters in such films as “Private Benjamin” and “Clue,” has died.She was 80.Brennan’s managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, said shedied Sunday at home in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer.“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respectfor Eileen,” her family said in a statement. “She was funny and caringand truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten.”Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in “LittleMary Sunshine,” a musical comedy that won her the 1960 Obieaward for best actress. Along with her “excellent singing voice,”her performance was “radiant and comic,” said a New York Timesreview.But it was a series of sharp-tongued roles that won her fans ontelevision and in movies, including gruff Army Capt. Doreen Lewisin 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” aloof Mrs. Peacock in 1985’s “Clue”and mean orphanage superintendent Miss Bannister in 1988’s “TheNew Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.”“I love meanies, and this goes back to Capt. Lewis in ‘PrivateBenjamin,’” Brennan said a 1988 interview with The AssociatedPress. “You know why? Because they have no sense of humor.People who are mean or unkind or rigid — think about it — cannotlaugh at themselves. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the humancondition, we’re going to be mean.”“Private Benjamin” brought her a supporting actress nomina-tion for an Oscar. She also won an Emmy for repeating her “PrivateBenjamin” role in the television version and was nominated six othertimes for guest roles on such shows as “Newhart,” ”thirtysomething,””Taxi” and “Will & Grace.”“Our world has lost a rare human,” said “Private Benjamin” starGoldie Hawn in a statement. “Eileen was a brilliant comedian, apowerful dramatic actress and had the voice of an angel. I will missmy old friend.”
Former Sen. Harry ByrdJr. of Virginia dies at 98
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —Harry F. Byrd Jr., a 20th centurychampion of racial segregationand fiscal restraint who followedhis father into the U.S. Senatebut left his father’s DemocraticParty, died Tuesday. He was 98.Byrd, whose genteel demean-or masked thundering politi-cal clout, was the archetypalSouthern senator during his 17years in Washington. His 1983retirement amounted to an epi-logue for the “Byrd Machine”which once dominated Virginiapolitics from courthouses to thestatehouse.His death was first reportedby The Winchester Star, wherehis son, Tom Byrd, is presidentand publisher. There was noword on the cause of death.When failing health forced hisfather, Harry F. Byrd Sr., to vacatehis Senate seat in 1965, the name-sake son easily won a specialelection the next year to serveout his term. Then he left thestill-dominant Democratic orga-nization, marking only the secondtime an independent candidatehad won a U.S. Senate seat. Hewon re-election in 1970 and1976, winning more votes thanhis Democratic and Republicanopponents combined.“It’s a hard way to run, butif you can win that way it’s thebest way to win,” Byrd later said.“You’re totally free of obliga-tions to anybody. … You don’thave to follow a party line.”From the 1920s through the1960s, almost all Virginia publicpolicy carried the Byrd impri-matur, from its debt-averse “pay-as-you-go” approach to govern-ment finance to defiance of the1954 U.S. Supreme Court deci-sion that struck down raciallysegregated public schools. In1956, Byrd denounced the rulingas an “unwarranted usurpationof power” by the high court.He said he “personally hated”to see schools close, but defend-ed Virginia’s “massive resis-tance” to federal desegregationorders, claiming it helped thestate avert racial violence.“It is one thing to sit here in1982 and say what was donein 1954 was a mistake,” hesaid in a 1982 Washington Postinterview. “It may or may nothave been, because you have tolook at it in the context of thetimes. When you have to makea very dramatic change, some-times, most times, that needs tobe done maybe over a period of time and not abruptly.”Byrd, like his father,preached fiscal discipline andclaimed Congress could bal-ance the budget if it would justhold annual spending increasesunder 5 percent.In 1982, his final year in theSenate, Byrd said he was leav-ing public service with his con-victions and integrity intact, butregretting that “Congress refusesto obey its own law which man-dates a balanced budget.”Byrd’s break from theDemocratic Party held enor-mous symbolic and culturalsignificance, an ominous signof the party’s imminent tumblefrom dominance and a polarshift in Southern politics.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:Mega Millions25-27-36-42-44, MegaBall: 39Megaplier3Pick 3 Evening3-0-5Pick 3 Midday0-5-8Pick 4 Evening1-7-0-3Pick 4 Midday8-3-9-7Pick 5 Evening7-1-4-1-0Pick 5 Midday5-3-4-0-5PowerballEstimated jackpot: $235MRolling Cash 513-27-30-31-36Estimated jackpot:$140,000
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BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Everyone attending a Tuesdayafternoon session on economic development had thesame goal. However, there were many proposed pathsto reach the goal and plenty of questions and opinionsexpressed along the way.The agreed goal was getting more economicdevelopment in the county. As the Van Wert CountyCommissioners sat down with Van Wert City Counciland many other parties involved in the effort to bring jobs to the county in the commissioners’ conferenceroom, the other underlying goal was to work together.County Commissioner Stan Owens stated flatly,“I think it is extremely imperative that the city andthe county stay united in a unified effort to promoteeconomic development for Van Wert County. We asa group of commissioners realize that we are not eco-nomic developers, but it’s our job to help promote it.”For the next 100 minutes, the group tried to come toan agreement on what that effort should be. At the cen-ter of the discussion was the agreement with Ohio StateUniversity Extension for an economic developmentdirector. Many officials, including the commissioners,have been upset that OSU terminated the county’s thendirector, Sarah Smith, last year without conferring withpeople in Van Wert before making that decision.The commissioners floated a proposal to city offi-cials about walking away from the agreement withOSU. It was not the first time for such a suggestion.Immediately after Smith’s firing, several elected offi-cials — both county and city — expressed anger overthe move and a desire to break off the arrangementwith Ohio State. At this meeting, the commissionersre-emphasized their strategy in Smith’s hiring.“We have different concerns than the city. Our smalltowns are horrible as far as what has happened witheconomic development. We made an effort to reachout to our small towns, to reach out to our neighboringcounties to people who might want to invest in ourcounty,” explained Commissioner Todd Wolfrum. “Wemay be ready to go in a different direction, and if thathappens, the city council is a stakeholder too, and youguys are going to have to decide what direction youwant to head. We’re kind of curious where you guysare at on it.”Also invited to the meeting was a group of otherstakeholders in the county’s economic concerns, includ-ing a few individuals with more than a quarter-centuryof experience in local economic development. JonRhoades, president of the Community ImprovementCorporation, answered a number of questions regard-ing the agreement with Ohio State University. BernieNiemann and Tom Alexander disputed the need forabandoning the agreement, noting the progress that hasbeen made since OSU Extension became involved inthe 90s.Providing further clarity on the agreement withOSU Extension was president of the county’s econom-ic development advisory board, Denise Frey. Duringthe meeting Frey providing an explanation of theexecutive board which signed the agreement and theVan Wert County Economic Development AdvisoryBoard. That board has representation from both theCity of Van Wert and Van Wert County“It is an equal agreement across the board,” sheexplained. Representing the city on that executive boardis Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer while CommissionerThad Lichtensteiger represents the county.Frey went on to say that money for the salary andbenefits of the two people in the economic develop-ment department is currently coming from the City of Van Wert (60 percent), Van Wert County (10 percent),and the OSU Extension (30 percent), yet the manage-ment of the office was equal. The city’s contribution iscollected through the hotel-motel tax charged by busi-nesses offering lodging in the city.Answering Lichtensteiger’s charge that there wasno local control over the director because OSU hadthe final right to terminate without consultation, bothRhoades and Frey pointed out that both the cityand county had taken part in the hiring of economicdevelopment directors and that the duties and responsi-bilities were drawn up by the Economic DevelopmentAdvisory Board Executive Committee.For their part, the commissioners continued topursue either changing the terms of the agreement orending the agreement entirely. Frey continued to stressthat changes in the bylaws were possible, and thosewith suggestions should go to their executive commit-tee representative to get the ideas flowing.“Just like today, it (the economic development plan)needs to be revisited on an ongoing basis. If somethingisn’t working well, it’s up to the executive committee,which includes OSU, city, and county, to make somerevisions as needed. And it has been revisited over theyears in regards to whether this is the right structure.One important consideration in keeping the OSUagreement is the monetary concerns. Wolfrum pointedout that with the hiring of Sarah Smith by the com-missioners, the county is contributing more per yeartoward economic development, and that there couldbe more available for a department without the univer-sity’s involvement.Another point, as Rhoades brought forward, is theeffort since the agreement began is much better thanany previous economic development organization inthe county. And the current system has many positives,including additions at Vision Industrial Park, and staff expansion at Eaton Corporation and Braun Industries.After an extended discussion of past complaints andpraises, the meeting broke up with no resolution. Theimmediate result of the meeting was improved commu-nication between allparties, with infor-mation being shared.That communicationcould mark the firststep toward actu-ally united toward acommon goal.
Second annual YWCA pig races at Rib Fest
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VAN WERT — The YWCA willhost the second annual YWCA PigRaces at the Van Wert Rib Fest 2013 onSaturday. Six races will occur at 4:30p.m. The event will be taking place inthe show arena behind the temporarystage set up for the Rib Fest bands.New to the Pig Race event thisyear are five raffle baskets full of fungifts. Each basket has been speciallycreated around the following themes:“Date Night,” “Pork Man,” “Just forKids,” “S-Wine” and “Summer atthe Beach.” Participants can purchasetickets for $1 each or six for $5.Come to the Pig Races to look at thebaskets and purchase your ticketsfor a chance to win the one of yourchoosing. Winners will be drawn andannounced immediately following thefifth pig race but winners need notbe present to win. The biggest attrac-tion of the Pig Races is of course theactual races! Each of the six races iscomprised of 10 pigs. Each pig hasbeen sponsored and named for theirrace debut. Race fans will have theopportunity to place a $2 wager onthe pig(s) of their choice. Bring yourone dollar bills and join us to cheer onthe pigs as they try find the other endof the race track!All proceeds of this event goingto support the YWCA TransitionalLiving Program for the homeless. If you have any further questions aboutthis event, contact the YWCA at (419)238-6639.General operating hours areMonday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 6:30 a.m.-1p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.The YWCA is a United Way andVan Wert County Foundation fundedagency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters to hold golf outing
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PUTNAM COUNTY — Big BrothersBig Sisters of Putnam County will host itssecond annual Golf For Kids’ Sake eventAug. 17 at Pike Run Golf Club, 10807Road H, Ottawa, beginning with a shotgunstart at 8 a.m.The cost per team including skins is$220, which includes golf for four, twocarts, drink tickets and goodie bags. Inaddition, there are prizes for the first,second, third and highest score and holeprizes for guys, gals and seniors.The Big Brother Big Sister fundraisingevents are known for having fun twists.Our golf event features a toilet tee shoton a par three, and opposite-handed driveon a short par four. In addition, followingthe event, everyone has a shot at hittinga golf ball with a hockey stick to earn afree pizza from The Well or The BuckeyeClub. Fun will be had by all participantsyoung and old.Awards and lunch sponsored by Arby’swill be held in the clubhouse immediatelyfollowing the event. Findlay Chrysler,Dodge, Jeep, Ram has sponsored thescoreboard at the event.Just announced, first place will be $300and a newly-added $10,000 hole-in-oneprize on a par three. Prize money is basedon a minimum of 10 teams entering event.Sponsorships are still available begin-ning at $75 for a hole sponsor. Sponsorshipdeadline is 4 p.m. Aug. 13. Door prizesaccepted up to the day of the event. Teamregistration deadline is noon Aug. 15.All funds raised through the event willsupport Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor-ing programs in Putnam County.Big Brothers Big Sisters of PutnamCounty is affiliated with Big Brothers BigSisters of America, the nation’s premiermentoring organization. BBBS of PutnamCounty has school-based programs inthree county schools with more to comeand community-based matches throughoutthe county. Kids in the program do betterin school and build stronger relationshipswith parents, siblings and friends.For more information about the Golf For Kids’ sake or BBBS mentoring pro-grams, contact Casey Simon at 419-523-4016 or csimon@bbbswco.com or ToddPester at 419-306-2616 or estimatortod-dp@yahoo.com.Check us out on Facebook or our web-site (www.bbbswco.com) for more detailsabout this event or the Big Brothers BigSisters program.
VW YWCA to offer free self-defense class
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VAN WERT — TheYWCA of Van Wert willbe offering a one-nightPersonal Protection forWomen class from 6 to 8p.m. on Monday.The class is provided bythe Van Wert Self DefenseTeam and is just in timefor girls heading to col-lege this fall. This class isdesigned to teach womenhow to avoid dangeroussituations and what theyshould do when faced withan unavoidable, unsafe cir-cumstances. Class partici-pants will gain confidence,knowledge and the skills toprotect themselves in thishands-on program.Topics covered willinclude situation avoid-ance and prevention, self-defense, and improviseddefense tools. Class instruc-tors include Rick Busch andEd Klausing. Busch is ablack belt in Tae Kwon Dowith 28 years of experi-ence, including 22 yearsexperience teaching mar-tial arts, self-defense, andrape prevention classes andseminars. Klausing is a 3rddegree black belt and alsohas experience in teachingvarious martial arts.Participants should bewomen and girls ages 13and older and should wearloose-fitting comfortableclothing. Please pre-registerby calling the YWCA at(419) 238-6639.For more information,contact Danni Chiles, pro-gram director, at (419) 238-6639.
 ArtSpace announcesnew exhibit featuringlocal artists
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LIMA — ArtSpace/Limaannounces the opening of “ArtSpace/Pops 2013: AFine Craft Invitational” inThe Ellen Nelson Galleryon Friday.ArtSpace/Pops featuresall new works by 22 areacraftsmen and -women in a joint showing, which buildson the success of its prede-cessors in 2011 and 2012.Artists on display work inwood, metal, clay, paper,fabric and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals and beads.Artists for the showinclude Sarah Baechtle,Kay Boiarski, JosephBonifas, Bruce Chesser,Melissa Eddings, Ed Corle,Judy Decker, Jack Earl,Anna Fisher, Jodi Knoch,Mike Kozumplik, KimLeopold, James Mellick,Robert Minto, YasueSakaoka, Taylor Schlabach,Luke Sheets, Steve Smith,Kaname Takada, SumikoTakada, Les Thede andMarvin Thorp. All of thecraftspersons in the exhibitare from Ohio and severalhave been award-winners inearlier ArtSpace shows.The emphasis of theexhibit is on “fine” crafts:work that exhibits the sameimaginative creativity, thesame attention to detail andthe same understanding of medium as any art must do.The exhibit will runthrough Sept. 14.There will be a receptionfor the artists from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10.ArtSpace/Lima is a not-for-profit arts organizationwith a mission to promotethe arts in northwest Ohioand to provide artists witha venue to present and tosell their work. ArtSpace/Lima is supported in partby a grant from the OhioArts Council. For furtherinformation on ArtSpace/Pops 2013 or informationregarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, call BillSullivan, operations man-ager, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.
A raffle for five different baskets will take place suring the Pig Raceevent at the Rib Fest this year. (Submitted photo)
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